Benefits news you may have missed: Oct. 18-22

From a look at critical questions to consider as you build your vaccine policy to tips to combat employee burnout, here are some of the week’s top stories.
By: | October 22, 2021

7 critical questions to consider as you build your vaccine policy: The Biden administration announced that businesses with 100 or more employees must implement a vaccine mandate, with surveillance testing as an alternative for unvaccinated employees. As companies wait for clarity from the forthcoming regulations, they are faced with difficult—and urgent—questions of how to best protect their employees and their business. We address seven critical questions that employers should consider as they roll out their own initiatives. Read more here.

6 HR lessons from Microsoft’s CHRO: Kathleen Hogan, executive vice president, human resources, and chief people officer at Microsoft and HRE’s HR Executive of the Year, sounds off on her advice for other HR leaders—including being purposeful, asking employees for insights and taking time for self-care. Read more here.

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4 ways your managers can help combat employee burnout: As the Great Resignation discussion continues to unfold in the HR community, burnout has risen to one of the top reasons for employees leaving their jobs, along with low pay/long hours and lack of recognition from supervisors. While the remote work revolution has allowed employees to avoid long commutes, it has also extended the workday as technology such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other collaboration tools push the limits of the traditional workday. Read more here.

Are you developing employees to succeed in hybrid, remote work? As you formulate your 2022 HR plans and budgets, have you adapted your learning and development plans and talent management strategies to properly equip your employees to succeed in hybrid and remote work structures? Read more here.

Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver. She can be reached at kmayer@lrp.com.